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Sunday, November 15, 2015

What We Watched: The Week of November 9

Okay so another of my hobbies is watching television shows. I don't do this as often because I really can't stand reality shows and that's all there is now. However, there are a few shows that have snagged my attention and while these weekly posts aren't reviews per say, I thought it might be fun to share my thoughts on each week's episodes.

My tv partner is always Mr. Pud and he ALWAYS has something to say either in a look, gesture or in simply taking some of my snacks for himself.

I hope you'll share with me YOUR thoughts on not just these shows but your own favorites too!

*** Just a warning though. Given that these are not reviews but commentaries on each show, expect SPOILERS.

My thoughts for the week of: November 9, 2015

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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Persecute Envoys
Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Jane Doe/Taylor Shaw), Sullivan Stapleton (Kurt Weller), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Bethany Mayfair), Rob Brown (Edgar Reed), Audrey Esparza (Tasha Zapata), Ashley Johnson (Patterson), Ukweli Roach (Dr. Borden)
Channel and Time: Mondays at 10/9c (After The Voice) on NBC
Episode Summary: When Patterson deciphers a tattoo that seems to have predicted a police officer’s murder, the team races to prevent additional attacks; Mayfair opens up to Weller.

My Thoughts: So now Weller knows that Mayfair has been hiding some major stuff from him and it shakes him profoundly. Mayfair was his mentor, someone he looked up to and valued as a model of what justice should be. Now he finds out that she was part of an unofficial project where illegally obtained information was taken and made to look like it was obtained legally in order to make it actionable and put dangerous people behind bars. Mayfair’s role in Project Daylight was to find a way to make the illegally obtained information appear legal. So she came up with using Saul Guererro as a front, claiming he was feeding them the information they needed when in fact, the NSA was obtaining it through illegally tapping phones and listening in on phone calls, reading text messages and even e-mails of unsuspecting citizens. The problem with this as Weller sees it is that Guererro is himself a dangerous criminal and he feels that Mayfair let him “walk free” just so he could be used as a front for Project Daylight.

What’s interesting is that I see Weller doing something similar down the line in order to protect Jane. It’s clear that Carter isn’t going to just let her roam free when there’s a possibility that her tattoos might reveal Project Daylight. He’s a dirty character and the team is already in jeopardy with Zapata in his pocket so if Weller wants to keep up, he’s going to have to fight dirty.

Persecute Envoys contained quite a bit of flashbacks that gave some insight into Mayfair’s past but it also created sympathy for her. By the end of the episode I felt horrible for her because she did what she thought was the lesser of two evils at the time but ended up losing someone she loved because of Project Daylight. With Weller being so hard on her and the implications of an illegal operation weighing heavily on the character, I thought the flashbacks made Bethany Mayfair more human and definitely separated her from Carter’s cold, calculated approach to things. Mayfair still believes in doing the right thing but she acknowledges that at one time she did abuse her power.

Weller is still keeping a bit of professional distance from Jane in this episode, pairing her with Reed once again but they seem to be working alright. In fact, Jane seems to be bonding with Reed and Zapata since Weller is pushing her away. It would be a great thing except Zapata is under Carter’s control now and who knows if she’ll be able to shake loose from his manipulations. If she does, it won’t be without a high cost.

Later Weller takes Jane with him to question suspects in a cop killing case and she questions him again about the tension between him and Mayfair. I feel that Jane is trying to see if Weller is a forgiving sort in case something from her past comes out and casts her in a questionable light. I think that Jane is genuinely a good person that may have had to do some really bad things. She may have more in common with Mayfair than she thinks. Some part of her might want to know if Weller would forgive her for whatever she might have done in the past.

The most surprising thing about Protect Envoys was the discovery that Weller does in fact have a sense of humor. There’s a nice little scene between him and Jane where she tells him that she was afraid he had been killed in the shootout with the dirty cops. She pushes Weller to talk to Mayfair about whatever is going on between them. It’s a nice scene that shows that while there is a bit of distance between Weller and Jane, it doesn’t stop them from coming to each other’s aid or offering blunt advice.

Things are getting dangerous really fast on Blindspot with each tattoo leading the team to corrupt officials, criminals and possibly even to Project Daylight. This week it was corruption within a police precinct that went pretty far. It seems that the mystery of Jane’s identity has been shelved for now but with that man from her dream still around I have a feeling it will come back in full force soon.

Every week gets more and more complex and with Jaimie Alexander’s Jane Doe leading the way I can’t wait to see what’s next. Next week’s preview hints that fans might have to say goodbye to a character. Plus it seems Weller and Jane could possibly eradicate that whole personal distance thing.

Favorite Moment: Jane bonding with Patterson and Zapata at a bar while they try and find out what Jane’s favorite drink is. Patterson’s phone buzzes with a text from her ex and she gets mopey to which Zapata tells her not to be that sad girl at the bar looking at her phone, tonight they find out what Jane’s favorite drink is and tomorrow they get Jane some new clothes.

Anyone curious as to how those new clothes will look?

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: Pig’s in a Blackout
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn,
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC (Before Fresh off the Boat)
Episode Summary: Kermit goes on a yoga retreat.

My Thoughts: This week’s episode was a little disappointing after the fun that was last week. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t funny watching Kermit at a yoga retreat with Jason Bateman. Or watching Scooter freak out after one little decision, to turn up the AC, creates a chain reaction of mishaps, including drowning Miss Piggy’s clothing in water. Her reaction was exactly what I expected.

Putting Scooter in the spotlight wasn’t a bad idea per say but I felt like he couldn’t carry the episode very well on his own.

What did save this episode for me was seeing Kermit playing his banjo again! Of course it was a having Kermit’s neighbor shout out “Learn a new song!” and Kermit shouting back “Chill out Phil!” was a nice touch.

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: Chaos Theory
Cast: Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Gant Ward), Chloe Bennet (Skye/Daisy Johnson), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse), Henry Simmons (Al MacKenzie), Luke Mitchell (Lincoln Campbell)
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 9/8c (After Fresh Off the Boat) on ABC
Episode Summary: A shocking truth is revealed about SHIELD’s biggest enemy.

My Thoughts: Last week’s shocking revelation that Andrew is Lash took the wind out of my sails for a bit. Poor May! She can’t catch a break and out of all of the team, she deserves to have a reason to smile again. There was a lot of great things going on with this episode but let’s start with the biggest one: Andrew/Lash.

My theory is that Lash isn’t killing just any Inhumans, I think he’s killing the ones who have darkness in them. After all, he’s had multiple chances to kill Daisy (Well look at that, I think I’ve finally accepted she’s Daisy and not Skye anymore) and hasn’t. Andrew even said point blank to May that he’d never hurt Daisy. What if Lash is trying to protect people AND the “good” Inhumans? I keep thinking about what Andrew said: “I’m simply trying to sort the good from the bad. You GAVE me this job.”

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On that note, I’m glad that Rosalind told Daisy that “For every Daisy Johnson there’s a Lash.” I know Daisy’s just trying to protect her people but she’s being pretty naive thinking that ALL Inhumans are good. HELLO DOES SHE NOT REMEMBER WHAT HER MOTHER TRIED TO DO? They’re in this mess BECAUSE Jiaying didn’t want to play nice with humans or any Inhumans who wanted to co-exist. If Daisy is going to emerge as the leader of the Inhumans, she needs to start developing a better sense of judgment because her mother is the perfect example of why there needs to be some kind of response team in case an Inhuman (or a hundred) decide they don’t want to be good guys. I’m hoping that Rosalind’s words stay with Daisy no matter whose side Ms. Price is on. I did like seeing Rosalind go toe to toe with Daisy and for Rosalind to see Daisy in action. That bit where she saves Rosalind might end up having an impact on Rosalind’s view on her and Coulson later. I hope so because after the revelation that Ms. Price is just a stone’s throw away connection wise to Ward was a little tough to take. I like Rosalind okay? I love her chemistry (That apparently goes beyond verbal foreplay) with Coulson and hope actress Constance Zimmer becomes a permanent fixture on the show.

Interesting that Lincoln would call Mack for help with Lash instead of Daisy. I know he said it was because he didn’t want to put her life at risk too (Which kinda raised the question: “But it was okay to put Mack’s life in danger? Someone who doesn’t have any Inhuman abilities and is more vulnerable to Lash?”). Anywho, it was nice to see Lincoln back on the screen for longer than two minutes. He’s agreed to stick around SHIELD for awhile so that should add an interesting dynamic in the second half of the season. I wonder if he’ll prove to be an asset or if he’ll start planting seeds of mistrust in Daisy’s head.

Which brings me to another point that fellow fan Ada *waves* made in one of her comments. Why is Daisy continually questioning Coulson’s decisions and moves? Has he not proven to her time and time again that he will do anything for his team? Most especially her? Coulson has put his life and his position as head of SHIELD on the line countless times to protect her and get her the answers she wanted so why is he not worthy of her loyalty? Don’t do it Daisy. Don’t you dare turn your back on the man who has been more father and family to you than your f’ed up birth parents! Don’t make me put you on the poop list with Jemma!

But back to the Lincoln and Mack scene. Mack is such a great character because despite having worked against Coulson in the past, he’s a fair guy. He gets along with almost anyone and is loyal to his friends. Remember how he told Jemma off in season 2 for playing with his boy Fitz’s heart? I love Mack to pieces and pairing him up with Daisy was genius. I love that he calls her “Tremors.”

The main point of Chaos Theory seemed to be the ATCU and Lash but there were also some emotional Fitz and Jemma moments too.

Let it be known that I am no longer on Team Jemma cause that girl is just MEAN. I know Fitz is an expert at fixing things like SIM cards but to hand him the card and walk away KNOWING he’s going to look through the files and see a photo of her and Will? She repeatedly keeps stabbing Fitz in the heart and this poor guy takes it because he loves her. He’s willing to do anything to make her happy. Which brings me to my favorite moment of this episode: Bobbi and Hunter are with Fitz in the lab when Hunter sees Will’s photo and in typical Hunter fashion he reminded me how he could be so much more than just “Bobbi Morse’s Ex” and more like the guy you want to have your back in a fight.

All these scenes, with the exception of Fitz and Jemma all lead up to a confrontation between Lash and the people who want to believe he can be saved. I knew that there was only one choice and that was to let the ATCU put him in stasis to slow down his transformation that would erase Andrew from existence and put Lash front and center. This is no bueno since Rosalind is shown talking on the phone with the councilman who is at that very moment chatting with Grant Ward.

Ward’s new plan? Cut of the head of SHIELD. Because without Phil Coulson, SHIELD can’t grow back.

Yeah, Ward is beyond saving at this point. I just hope the “dark side” that Andrew sensed in Lincoln doesn’t mean that Lincoln will end up being a villain one day.

I also hope that we’re all misinterpreting the Will/Jemma situation and that there never really was anything between them beyond a kiss.

And I’m REALLY hoping we find out what names were in the book of Inhuman genealogy that Jiaying had.

Most Emotional Moment: When Melinda stands between Lincoln and Lash and brings Andrew back with more honesty and heart than we’ve ever seen before. Then she backs him up towards the hidden containment pod and shoots him multiple times to get him inside where he turns back into Lash again. At that point Coulson comes up behind her and says “How’d you know that wouldn’t kill him?” To which May sadly replies “I didn’t.” Then later when May, who up until that moment has always been a mentor to Daisy asks her if she would allow the ATCU to put Andrew in a stasis. It is clear May is at a loss and is looking for guidance, another first and that she would turn to Daisy is telling.

It just shows how far May will go to protect the innocent.

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title:
Cast: Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills), Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny Mills), Zach Appelman (Joe Corbin), Shannyn Sossamon (Pandora), Lance Gross (Daniel Reynolds), Nikki Reed (Betsy Ross),
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox
Episode Summary:

My Thoughts: FINALLY! I really dislike when shows do split plot lines like this, it’s taken them how many episodes to tie together Joe and Jenny’s search for the Shard of Anubis with the Ichabod and Abbie’s fight against Pandora? Too damn long. I like it when the four of them have scenes together because the actors have great chemistry.

Last week’s episode was a bit anticlimactic with Pandora’s just walking into that damn tree she was growing and disappearing. However, I feel that’s just the calm before the storm. WHEN she does come back I think she’s going to bring her A-Game. I just hope the team is ready.

The Art of War featured Norse Berserkers and while I’m not familiar with ALL the various mythological baddies, I do remember a bit about these guys. Leave it to Sleepy Hollow though to make them look bigger, badder and scarier. This guy Nevins seems to have a little too much knowledge about things that go bump in the night and the fact that he insinuated Joe’s dad wasn’t as squeaky clean as they all thought has piqued my curiosity. Nevins obviously works for a really big bad guy if he says his boss makes Pandora look “like a homeroom teacher.”

Was it my imagination or was there a little bit of an undercurrent between Ichabod and Nevins’ protégé Sophie Foster who turns out is an FBI agent working under Daniel Reynolds? Hmm…

And just how much does Daniel Reynolds know about the eerie supernatural occurrences in Sleepy Hollow? If he had Sophie undercover for over six months then surely he knows that it’s not just a run of the mill drug bust. Now that Abbie knows he kept this op from her, how will that affect their working relationship? A bigger question, does Danny KNOW about Ichabod? It didn’t seem so in the beginning of this episode but I never thought he’d have an op in place for over six months involving someone like Nevins.

I also just read that actress Jessica Camacho who plays Sophie Foster has been upgraded to a series regular which is a big yay because I like the character. She might be the wild card this season.

I always rate Sleepy Hollow episodes by how many Ichabod-isms there are. Moments were he’s befuddled or enraged by modern times or when he’s offering his old fashioned advice on a modern matter. I think this episode rates as a 7 out of 10 because it did have him butting heads with Sophie which I liked, there’s something there I tell you, but there were no outrages over modern life.

The best moment of the episode was when Ichabod asks Abbie if she’s noticed that he’s been “Off his game” and then promptly reveals why. It’s a touching moment between the two witnesses with Ichabod stating that he feels that the 21st century is the enemy and he’s losing to it. He fears losing Abbie to the FBI as well. Abbie then reassures him that she, Jenny and Joe ARE the 21st century and that they’ll be there to bring him step-by-step into it with them.

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